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TRAVEL: Caribbean Airlines To Resume Regional And International Schedules From Jamaica Hub

Trinidad and Tobago is still closed to routine international travel
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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago, June 30, 2020 (CMC) – The State-owned air carrier, Caribbean Airlines (CAL), announced, it will resume its regional and international operations, from July 6, on a phased basis, out of its hub in Jamaica.

The airline, like many others, worldwide, was grounded as countries closed their borders to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

In a letter, sent to customers, CAL thanked them for “bearing with us, during what has undoubtedly, been an extremely challenging period”.          Continue reading

CRICKET: Sir Everton Weekes – the last of the three Ws – dies aged 95

By George Dobell – Senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

Sir Everton Weekes in 2013

Sir Everton Weekes, (< see stats here) last member of the legendary Three Ws, has died at the age of 95.

Alongside Sir Clyde Walcott and Sir Frank Worrell, Weekes formed a formidable batting unit in the West Indies team. All three were born within a couple of miles of one another – rumour has it they were delivered by the same midwife – within 18 months in Barbados between August 1924 and January 1926, and all made their Test debuts within three weeks in early 1948.

While all went on to enjoy outstanding careers – Worrell became West Indies’ first black captain and was later a senator in Jamaica, while Walcott averaged 56.68 in Test cricket and later became the first non-white chair of the ICC – Weekes was, arguably, the best batsman of the three.        Continue reading

St Kitts – Opposition demands new election: allege “massive cheating”

 28 June 2020   – CMC

BASSETERRE, St Kitts – Five defeated candidates of the main opposition St Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) have filed petitions in the High Court challenging the results of the June 5 general elections in the twin island Federation.

“The petitions allege massive corruption in the elections, massive corruption, and I ask everybody when it is published in the newspapers to read them carefully,” said attorney Sylvester Anthony after filing the petitions late Friday.

SKNLP leader, Dr Denzil L Douglas later told supporters that the party’s agents had reported that there had been massive cheating in the conduct of the general elections held during a State of Emergency and COVID-19 conditions.  Continue reading

BOOK: Memory, Migration and (De)Colonisation in the Caribbean and Beyond

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Memory, Migration and (De)Colonisation in the Caribbean and Beyond

Edited by Jack Webb, Rod Westmaas, Maria del Pilar Kaladeen, and William Tantam
18 February 2020

In recent years, academics, policy makers and media outlets have increasingly recognised the importance of Caribbean migrations and migrants to the histories and cultures of countries across the Northern Atlantic.

At the heart of this book are the voices of Caribbean migrants themselves, whose critical reflections on their experiences of migration and decolonisation are interwoven with the essays of academics and activists.            Continue reading

Airlines: LIAT to be liquidated and new airline formed – Antigua’s PM Gaston Browne

Barbados Today  –

“From all indication, LIAT will be liquidated,” Prime Minister of Antigua, Gaston Browne has just announced.

The Prime Minister said there will be a meeting of all shareholders shortly to discuss collapsing LIAT. —- A new entity will be formed.

“COVID would have actually, let’s say increased the losses exponentially, so whereas in all of 2019 LIAT made a loss of about EC$12 million, that was within the means of the shareholder governments to subsidize,” Browne said on local radio in Antigua.

“You would have found that since COVID, the planes have been grounded, they have to pay the lease payments and they are not getting any revenue.      Continue reading

Business: Former CLICO Barbados chairman Leroy Parris charged with theft

HEATHER-LYNN EVANSON– Added 24 June 2020 – Nation News

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Former CLICO Barbados chairman Leroy Parris flanked by two police officers on his way to Magistrates’ Court on June 24, 2020. (Picture by Jameel Springer)

The former businessman of No 8 Dayrells Heights, St Michael, is accused of theft in relation to $3.333 million from CLICO International Life Insurance Ltd; conspiring to cheat the Crown by failing to submit income tax returns for the income year ending March 2010; conspiring to defraud CLICO and money laundering.       

Guyana: ALONG THE WAY – by Dave Martins + Music video

Credits Sunday Stabroek News. June 14, 2020

My wife, Annette, who most people know from her dedication to environmental matters and Guyanese culture over the years, will occasionally rope me into some project she has going, and one of current ones involves her brain wave to do a video where she shows me a photograph from my life and gets me talking about it.

The photos are from a collection of various Martins family activities going back to our time growing up at Hague and Vreed-en-Hoop, and later Atkinson Field, where I had my first job at B. G. Airways; assembled over the years by my niece Allison who had migrated to Toronto and had carefully collected pictures from hither and thither.        Continue reading

History: Britain’s culture war and the Caribbean: Colonialism and Slavery – By David Jessop

By David Jessop – June 23, 2020

Last week a culture war erupted in Britain over its colonial history.

Ostensibly the debate revolved around how to respond to public protests against the memorialising in city streets, squares, and public spaces of those involved in slavery. More profoundly, however, what happened and was said illuminated the need for Britain to find ways to rebalance the nation’s understanding of the role played by conquest, exploitation, and empire in creating its wealth.

The matter achieved prominence because of events on June 7 in Bristol in the West of England. There protestors had taken to the streets to join the international condemnation of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and to make clear that Black Lives Matter in Britain too.          Continue reading

Caribbean Resilience: Post Pandemic Economic Recovery – Virtual Discussion – June 24. 2020

       Guyana Economic Development Trust

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Hope of non-partisan political future is in the hands of young Guyanese – Owen Arthur

Former Barbados PM Owen Arthur

Despite the current political impasse in Guyana, former Prime Minister (PM)of Barbados Owen Arthur believes the nation‘s hope for a non- partisan political future lies in the hands of the younger generation.

“The young people in these minor parties had a view that is so refreshing that I believe that Guyana is going to get away from this hardened partisan politics. I believe some of those young people may be able to move away from the tribalism and form alliances that will allow them to build a better Guyana.

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